SHERMAN HARMER,JR.

President, UHP

Sherman D. Harmer, Jr., a 42-year veteran of the homebuilding industry, has built and marketed more than 16,000 homes throughout Utah and California.  Harmer specializes in the development of Urban Infill, Smart Growth, Multi-family and serves as President of Urban Housing Partners. Mr. Harmer has been actively involved in Downtown San Diego since 1998. He has been actively involved in 12  Downtown projects and  served as Chairman of the Downtown Residential Marketing Alliance for 10 years

Mr. Harmer, formerly served as the Vice Chairman to The Olson Company, one of California’s leading Builders of Urban Housing with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Northern California and was selected America’s Builder of the Year for 2001 by Professional Builder magazine.

Mr. Harmer previously served as President of California Pacific Homes of San Diego, which planned and managed the building of the 1,250 unit urban master-planned community of “Stonecrest Village” in San Diego. For six years prior to joining California Pacific Homes, Harmer was the Senior Vice President of McKellar Communities.  He was actively involved in developing the award-winning project “Renaissance-La Jolla”, a 2,500 unit Urban master-planned community in San Diego.

Earlier, Harmer was the Chief Executive Officer for two Utah homebuilding companies, developing single-family and multi-family homes as well as commercial, retail and office complexes, while serving ten years as an elected member of the Utah House of Representatives.


Harmer’s other noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • 2017: Chairman, Urban Council, Building Industry Association, San Diego County

  • 2016: Founders Award, Downtown San Diego Partnership Alonzo Award

  • 2011:  Mulvihill Leadership Award, USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

  • 2011:  Hall of Fame Honoree, The Building Industry Association of San Diego County.

  • 2010/2011 Chairman, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego

  • 2008: “Father of the Year” Honoree, American Diabetes Association

  • 2008: President, Building Industry Association of San Diego

  • 2007/2014 Adjunct Professor, Masters in Real Estate Development,

  • 2007 and 2008: University of San Diego,  selected  “Teacher of the Year”            

  • 2006:  “Top 120 Most Influential San Diegans”  San Diego Daily Transcript

  • 2005:  “Housing Advocate of the Year” San Diego Housing Federation

  • 2004:  Building Industry “Professional of the Year” San Diego

  • 2004/2008 Board of Directors, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • 2002/2007: Wells Fargo Bank Community Board-San Diego

  • 2003/2004:  President, California Building Industry Association

  • 2004/6:  Chairman, Housing Committee, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • 2002:  San Diego Press Club:  Headliner Award “Developer/Builder of the Year” 

  • 2000/2017: Univ of San Diego, Burnham-Moores Center for  Real Estate, Policy Advisory  

  • 2001:  California Building Industry Foundation “Hall of Fame” Honoree

  • 2001:  San Diego Building Industry “Hall of Fame” Award

  • 2000:  “Urban Pioneer Award”, Chicano Federation of San Diego

  • 1999/ 2010:  Chairman, Downtown San Diego Residential Marketing Alliance

  • 1999/2000:  Chairman, Board of Trustees of the California Building Industry Foundation

  • 1995/2008 Chairman, President’s Council, San Diego Building Industry Association

  • 2000:  Life Director, Home Builders Council, San Diego Building Industry Association

  • 1999:   Named in Builder and Developer magazine’s “Who’s Who In  California”

  • 1995-1998:  Chairman, Board of Trustees’ for Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

  • 1995:  President of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) .

  • 1994:  San Diego’s “Building Executive of the Year” Award

  • 1985:  Received Professional Builder magazine’s “Professional Achievement Award” 

  • 1974-1984:  Member of the Utah House of Representatives for 10 years

  • Assistant Professor of Marketing and Finance at University of Utah for 15 years

  • Graduate of University of Utah with a MBA degree

  • Post Graduate studies at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • Member, Pi Kappa Alpha, National Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, National Business Fraternity Lambda Alpha, National Land Economics Society of San Diego    

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